Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sprint to cover 100M POPs with 2.5Ghz LTE by the end of 2014




According to Fierce Wireless Sprint will be launching 2.5Ghz LTE by the end of 2014. This frequency was originally used on the older 4G WiMAX frequencies and will be repurposed as additional LTE frequency so they can have additional spectrum between 700Mhz, 1900Mhz and 2.5Ghz 4G LTE. Right now Sprint has 230 markets covered with 4G LTE and plans to cover 200 million POPs by the end of 2013 on their existing 1.9Ghz LTE frequency. When Sprint launches 2.5Ghz LTE they will have the fastest LTE network available capable of 50-60Mbps on an unloaded cell in their tests. Right now Verizon covers 301 million POPs with LTE and is also deploying AWS spectrum, but even the AWS bands don’t have as much available spectrum as Sprint does giving them a possible long term advantage. For now most Sprint customers with LTE can expect to see an average of 6-8Mbps download.

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iOS 7 Router Utility Update

 
Today Peplink has announced Router Utility 1.2 updated and optimized for Apple iOS 7 enabled devices. In this update they also added several new features to enhance the functionality of the Router Utility application. System admins no longer need to worry about going to a PC/Laptop to figure out what’s going on with the network and can easily look and manage multiple devices through the iOS Router Utility App. Push notifications have also been improved and are now up to the second for device status giving alerts for System Startup, WAN Up/Down and SpeedFusion Up/Down.

Continue reading - More on Router Utility 1.2 Features

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sprint Spark

 
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 30, 2013 - Sprint (NYSE:S) demonstrated live today 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) over-the-air speed at its lab near Silicon Valley, Calif. This was the highlight of a day that showcased the innovation and what’s possible on the Sprint network as the company unveiled technology with the potential to surpass wireless speeds of any U.S. network provider. 

Named Sprint Spark, the super-high-speed capability demonstrates 50-60 Megabits per second (Mbps) peak speeds today with increasing speed potential over time. Given Sprint’s spectrum and technology assets, it is technically feasible to deliver more than 2Gbps per sector of over-the-air speed. 

“Sprint Spark is a combination of advanced capabilities, like 1x, 2x and 3x carrier aggregation for speed, 8T8R for coverage, MIMO for capacity, TDD for spectral efficiency, together with the most advanced devices offering both tri-band capability and high-definition voice for the best possible customer experience,” said Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint. 

Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of America’s largest cities during the next three years, with initial availability in five markets today. Sprint 4G LTE service will be available by mid-2014 to approximately 250 million Americans, and Sprint expects 100 million Americans will have Sprint Spark or 2.5GHz coverage by the end of 2014. The first markets with limited availability are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami. The first smartphones with Sprint Spark capability are scheduled for customer availability in early November. 

Continue Reading - More on Sprint Spark

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

FCC approves use of select AT&T LTE bands by smaller US carriers

The Federal Communications Commission approved changes that will lead to interoperability in the Lower 700MHz spectrum band. The order addresses interference concerns by modifying the technical terms governing the power used in the D and E Blocks. Further, the FCC believes Channel 51 will not disturb B and C Block, and wants to modify AT&T's existing B and C Block licenses to account for changes proposed by AT&T earlier this year. The FCC said, "The terms of the voluntary agreement serve the public interest by encouraging efficient use of spectrum and enabling consumers to enjoy the benefits of greater competition.

The standards developed by several wireless providers, along with the Competitive Carriers Association, will also give consumers more choice in using their devices with large and small carriers alike and will promote widespread deployment of mobile broadband services, especially in rural areas."

AT&T and Verizon Wireless operated their LTE 4G networks in the 700MHz spectrum band, as do several smaller carriers.

The smaller network operators petitioned the FCC to create these interoperability changes so that their devices will work on their own networks, as well as those of their competitors. AT&T responded by saying, "We are pleased to see the FCC moving swiftly to address these interference issues consistent with the negotiated solution. The action the Commission takes today, under continued leadership by Chairwoman Clyburn, is a critical step to achieving 700Mhz interoperability that will in turn foster industry investment and deployment in the 700MHz band to the benefit of U.S. wireless consumers."

Peplink Balance 2500 now available

 
Last month Peplink gave a teaser preview of the new Balance 2500 series designed to serve as a central hub to support several remote offices and remote equipment. This unit has up to 8Gbps routing throughput, is designed to support up to 20,000+ simultaneous users and supports up to 4,000 SpeedFusion or PepVPN peers. The Balance 2500 series is now available for order and could be the perfect solution for a larger enterprise company, campus, industrial or government deployments. As of today (10/29/2013) the Balance 2500 has roughly a 2-3 week lead time so be sure to order now if you need a high end box designed to support your growing company. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Harold K. For Writing Review of a MiFi 4620LE Hotspot for Millenicom's $69.99/mo 20GB 3G/4G Plan (Includes Activation Fee)

Congrats to Harold K. of San Antonio, Texas who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for MiFi 4620LE Hotspot for Millenicom's $69.99/mo 20GB 3G/4G Plan (Includes Activation Fee) at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Harold K.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

3G did everything they said they'd do. The hotspot and Millenicom work and provided support as advertised.


Cellphone-Mate 3G/4G Fusion 5 Amplifier On Sale for $999 - LIMITED TIME ONLY!

If you've been kicking around the idea of installing a cellular repeater in your home or office, don't delay! 3Gstore is offering a $500 discount on one of the most versatile wireless repeaters to date. Of course, we're referring to one of our 5 band amplifiers, the CellPhone-Mate Surecall Fusion-5 70db wireless repeater. This amplifier, which supports BOTH Verizon and AT&T LTE networks simultaneously, is regularly $1499. However, you can purchase it at a discounted rate of $999 through 11/19/13!

We also sell this amplifier as a pre-bundled repeater kit (one with an Omni antenna & one with a Directional Yagi), which will include everything you need to get started. So, don't hesitate, contact 3Gstore to place your order today!


*Not sure if an antenna or amplifier may help you? Perform a site survey and contact 3Gstore with your results. We'll help you to determine what may help best!*

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

T-Mobile iPad Air gets 200MB free data


Recently Apple announced the new iPad Air, which supports a wide array of cellular frequencies. Unlike Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, T-Mobile will be giving customers up to 200MB of free data per month. Verizon customers are looking at a minimum of $20/mo for 1GB, AT&T customers can get 250MB for $14.99 and Sprint offers 1GB for $14.99/mo. Plans continue to go up from there but offering some free data could give T-Mobile a big advantage for customers looking for low data usage. Most carriers on the high end offer between 5-6GB for $50/mo and we’d suggest checking out a Millenicom MiFi that offers 20GB of data for $69.99/mo to pair with your iPad Air. Unlike the iPad data package MiFi devices will allow you to share with more devices so one data plan could get all your portable devices online.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Virgin Mobile removes unlimited and sets hard data caps




A few years ago Virgin Mobile entered the mobile data space touting unlimited data for customers. Just like any wireless service “unlimited” wasn’t actually unlimited and customers found they were getting throttled down to near dial up speeds after hitting 2.5GB of data in a month. Virgin Mobile has recently changed their plans completely removing an unlimited option and now offer 250MB, 1.5GB or 6GB plans. By removing their unlimited packages this Sprint MVNO could see subscribers drop now that their plans are very comparable to Verizon and AT&T who have substantially better wireless coverage across the country. Sprint appears to be killing off MVNO’s offering unlimited because recently Millenicom’s Sprint based unlimited service was killed off too.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Verizon Wireless hack allowed access to any numbers,text

A URL hack may have exposed texting data for tens of millions of Verizon customers. The URL Hack allowed attackers to see who Verizon users texted and when, provided they had a subscriber-level login to the carrier's website.

Who users texted and whenThe hack centers on the Verizon website's "download to spreadsheet" function, which allows subscribers to download a CSV file of the time, date, and recipient of their recent texts. Unfortunately, the URL for that download contained the subscriber's phone number, and simply changing the phone number in the URL would let a user download that number's spreadsheet. 


Update: "Verizon takes customer privacy seriously. As soon as this was brought to the attention of our security teams, we addressed it, and no customer information was impacted."

Friday, October 18, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Linda L. For Writing Review of a MiFi 4620LE Hotspot for Millenicom's $69.99/mo 20GB 3G/4G Plan (Includes Activation Fee)

Congrats to Linda L. of Martinsville, Virginia who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for MiFi 4620LE Hotspot for Millenicom's $69.99/mo 20GB 3G/4G Plan (Includes Activation Fee) at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Linda L.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

I've had the unit for about two weeks, but still have issues with web pages loading fine and then losing connections with the server. This seems to be an issue with Apple laptops from the many calls I had with Millenicom support. I have an older MacBook Pro and the newer Air so I know it is not an OS issue. When the service is connected it works well and for the price of 20 GB for $69 vs Verizon's plan of same for $120 that I hope to drop soon, I'm going to hang on till I get this connection issue solved. And as always 3GStore service is great!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Verizon AWS 4G LTE Speed Myth explained

 
Over the past few days several tech blogs published news that Verizon Wireless launched AWS LTE (Band 4 1700/2100Mhz)  in New York City and Los Angeles California. Accompanying these articles were screen shots of speedtests where users were getting 80Mbps download and 15-25Mbps upload. What a lot of people don’t realize is the speeds reflected on these tests aren’t 100% accurate and will change as more devices become “Band 4” AWS enabled. For example look back to when 4G LTE originally launched and only a few handsets offered the capability, users were posting speeds upwards of 60Mbps download and 20-30Mbps upload. 

After more and more devices became LTE enabled speeds started to be reduced to the original quoted average of 5-12Mbps download and 2-5Mbps upload. In high traffic areas where Verizon doesn’t have enough 700Mhz spectrum available to provide the average speeds customers expect they’ll be adding the AWS LTE spectrum. The additional spectrum will allow devices to connect to either Band 13 (700Mhz LTE) or Band 4 (1700/2100Mhz AWS LTE) based on tower load. 

To put this in simple terms think of a 2 lane highway vs. a 4 lane highway. In most smaller cities a 2 lane highway is enough, but in larger cities you’ll often see 4 or more lane highways. This is designed because more people live in these areas and more traffic passes through these points. AWS LTE is the equivalent to turning that 2 lane highway into a 4 or more lane highway for larger cities where additional capacity is needed. Right now in New York City and Los Angeles customers are able to show 80Mbps speeds because only a few devices are on the network, but when more devices update to band 4 the “traffic lanes” will slow down back to the average 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps upload. 

Most sites are confusing this speed for something that will be seen down the road when LTE-Advanced gets released in a few years. The LTE-Advanced network has a much higher throughput rating than current LTE and when that launches down the road people will see average speeds increase substantially. The new AWS LTE bands are still running the same LTE technology, just on a different frequency and doesn’t offer any additional throughput, just more overhead for larger markets. 

What data devices have band 4 AWS enabled? 
 
At this time the only data only device that supports Band 4 is the Pantech UML295. Verizon released an OTA (Over the air) update today to support the AWS band. For customers already using UML295 modems in a router you’ll need to insert your USB modem into a computer to pull down the AWS LTE support update. In the coming weeks both the 291 Orbit and MiFi 5510L hotspots will receive this update too, but currently don’t support AWS LTE. Older devices like the Pantech UML290, USB551L etc will not receive an update for band 4 support, but will still function as normal on the standard 700Mhz Band 13 LTE network. If you do have a device that supports the AWS band, like the Pantech UML295, and you happen to be in an area that is using the new AWS band, you may temporarily see better speeds since there aren't as many devices using that part of Verizon's network yet. Eventually, though, everything will even out and Verizon's 700mhz network and AWS network will average out to provide the same speeds.

Verizon Wireless AWS Band 4 LTE Amplifiers

(Image courtesy of Engadget

Earlier this week Verizon announced that they’ve launched their AWS LTE frequencies for even faster data speeds. Users with devices capable of band 4 (1700/2100Mhz AWS) frequencies are seeing download speeds as high as 80Mbps and uploads right around 15Mbps. If your current device isn’t compatible with band 4 don’t worry, Verizon isn’t removing their existing LTE network or changing those frequencies. The AWS Band 4 rollout is designed for major metropolitan areas where additional throughput is needed. So far AWS LTE has shown up in New York City and in Los Angeles California with no official word on which cities can expect to have access to faster AWS bands. 

What amplifiers will work with the new Band 4 AWS LTE network?
If you have signal related issues there are a wide range of antennas and amplifiers that can help boost reception for your home, office or while you’re in a vehicle. Back in the days of 3G this was simple because everyone used the same 800/1900Mhz bands. When LTE starting launching through different carriers it became more complex because everyone uses their own specific bands for LTE. Here is a breakdown of amplifiers that are compatible with Verizon’s new AWS Band 4 LTE network: 

Wilson Electronics:
 
Cellphone-Mate:
 
What if I’ve already purchased a 700Mhz LTE Amplifier?


If you’ve already purchased the Cellphone-Mate CM700V direct connect LTE amplifier don’t worry. This amplifier will continue to amplify any standard LTE frequency across the U.S. Verizon is only using AWS LTE to help with load in larger metro areas so the amplifier will continue to boost standard LTE that averages 5-12Mbps download and 2-5Mbps upload. If you’re in market for an LTE amplifier for data service this is still the unit you’ll want to purchase, unless you plan to use this in a major metro area. 

In that case we’d recommend contacting Verizon to see if AWS is available in your area first, then make sure the device you have is capable of Band 4. Some examples of Band 4 capable devices are the iPhone 5S (not the Verizon iPhone 5), Nexus 4, 291L Hotspot with an upcoming radio update and a few other devices. If your device isn’t capable of Band 4 or AWS isn’t available stick with a standard 700Mhz LTE amp, however, if your device is compatible with Band 4 and AWS is available faster speeds would be available with any of the amplifiers mentioned earlier in this article. For additional information about LTE amplifiers please contact 3Gstore at 866-347-8673.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

T-Mobile changing customers off grandfathered plans


(Image courtesy of DSLReports)
 
T-Mobile has started to send letters out to long time T-Mobile customers that have been grandfathered on plans that are no longer offered. The letter indicates that they’ll soon be migrated over to their new pricing plans. The typical rate package appears to be $45/mo for a select value unlimited voice, text with unlimited 4G data for $45/mo. This plan sounds like a great affordable option, but existing grandfathered users were paying a fraction of the cost for their existing service. According to T-Mobile having multiple rate plans can confuse customers and this simplifies things because someone may talk about a plan that is no longer available confusing a potential T-Mobile customer.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Verizon Wireless Testing Same Day Delivery

Verizon Wireless is Testing Same Day Delivery of mobile phones, if ordered online the very same day.

Verizon Wireless has now started its own pilot program under way now in Philadelphia, and says that it is the first wireless provider to offer a same-day delivery option for shoppers who order devices -- with or without accessories -- on its website. 

Online shoppers in the Philadelphia market may choose same-day delivery when ordering online by 10 am. Monday through Friday with delivery guaranteed by 7 p.m. The cost is $19.99 -- compared with the priority overnight delivery fee of $14.99.

In the near future, Verizon Wireless expects to introduce same-day delivery to additional markets: New York City, Dallas, San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

AT&T expands LTE coverage to 13 new markets

Late last week AT&T announced that they’ve launched LTE in another thirteen cities across the U.S. The launch helps them get closer to their goal of covering 270 million POPs by the end of 2013. AT&T customers can expect to find LTE in the following new cities: Tuskegee, Ala.; Bloomington-Normal, Ill.; Decatur, Ill.; Pontiac, Ill.; Lewiston-Auburn, Maine; Hickory, N.C.; Jacksonville, N.C.; Sanford, N.C.; McAlester, Okla.; Adjuntas, Puerto Rico; Gillette, Wyo.; Jackson, Wyo.; and Sheridan, Wyo. AT&T says they've expanded coverage in fifteen additional cities, including Detroit, Cleveland, Houston and Denver. Users in a 4G LTE area should be able to expect 5 to 12Mbps download and 2 to 5 Mbps upload on average with many reporting substantially faster speeds.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Frank J. For Writing Review of a Cellphone-Mate 5-Band RF Signal Detector [700-2100mhz]

Congrats to Frank J. of Waterford, Michigan who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cellphone-Mate 5-Band RF Signal Detector [700-2100mhz] at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Frank J.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

It is a good product, sturdily built, easy to read once you understand how to use it. It would be better with better documentation and internal storage. It was difficult to figure out how to tell which frequencies were in use by each carrier (you can find that info from the FCC, and it varies based on the test location). It would also be nice if it had an internal storage and a low-cost GPS receiver that would allow you to store readings for a given location. Otherwise you just have to take notes yourself. Finally, be aware - this works in the US only - it does not cover all of the Canadian cellular frequencies.


T-Mobile to offer free data roaming to 100 countries


T-Mobile has recently announced “un-carrier 3.0 event”, which will allow customers free data/text roaming to more than 100 countries. Until now all carriers charged very expensive rates to use devices internationally increasing the appeal of unlocking phones. However, with T-Mobile’s new plan customers will not have to worry about expensive international rates anymore and will have data access at EDGE speeds (128-200Kbps roughly). This move technically gives them more overall coverage than both Verizon and AT&T combined when you factor in all the countries where service will be available. The new program called Simple Choice will go into effect on 10/31/2013 and give customers unlimited data and texting and affordable voice at 20 cents per minute.

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Sierra Wireless enters agreement for M2M embedded module and modem assets of AnyData Corporation

Highlights:
  • Expands Sierra Wireless’s global market share leadership in machine-to-machine (M2M)
  • Provides leading position in important Korean market, with established sales channels, long term customer relationships, and advanced 4G technology
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) today announced it has entered into an agreement with AnyDATA Corporation and its subsidiaries to acquire substantially all of the assets of AnyDATA’s machine-to-machine (M2M) embedded module and modem business. The transaction is expected to close by the end of this month. 

Upon completion of the acquisition, AnyDATA’s M2M embedded module and modem portfolio will become part of the Sierra Wireless OEM Solutions product line, and a team of 16 sales and engineering staff from AnyDATA’s Korean subsidiary will join Sierra Wireless. AnyDATA’s M2M embedded module and modem products generated approximately $10 million U.S. in revenue during the last 12 months and the business is modestly profitable. 

“With significant market share and established sales channels in Korea, and a proven engineering team, we believe that the AnyDATA M2M business represents an important addition to Sierra Wireless,” said Jason Cohenour, President and CEO of Sierra Wireless. “This acquisition broadens our global reach, enhances our technical capabilities, and expands our market share leadership. We are very pleased to welcome the AnyDATA customers and employees to Sierra Wireless.” 

Friday, October 04, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer John P. For Writing Review of a Wilson Sleek 4G-A Signal Booster for 3G and AT&T & US Cellular 4G LTE - 815326 [700A/800/1900mhz]

Congrats to John P. of Ingram, Texas who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Wilson Sleek 4G-A Signal Booster for 3G and AT&T & US Cellular 4G LTE - 815326 [700A/800/1900mhz] at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like John P.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

The Sleek works as I hoped it would to boost and stabilize a very marginal signal. I use it for the HTC One to boost the data signal for use as a hotspot. Without it, I was unable to obtain an adequate signal to conduct business on the laptop. It works as described. AFter a couple of weeks use, it boosts the signal to use the cell phone as intended. The cell phone has to be in the cradle for use with the speaker phone or blue tooth earpiece. The main thing is that it does work. It worked so well, I order another sleek for the DW and upgraded to a 12" antenna. Both Sleeks are working great. One in the front of the Motorhome and the second sleek in the back bedroom. Good product, and fast shipping and response from 3g Store. Good customer service.


CloudCam Review

      After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in to 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others by doing this. This past week, we received this great review on the CloudCam: 

With trepidation, I recently ordered a CloudCam DayNight indoor wireless IP Camera. How could it be that simple to set up a wireless surveillance camera with visual AND two-way audio and have it work flawlessly from the get-go?

Well, it was. If I can set it up and have it running within 20 minutes, ANYONE can. I am so happy with it, I wish I could order a second to cover another room. Unfortunately, I will have to wait till I have the money to do that--and then I will!



Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Verizon takes most satisfied customer rating in new JD Power Survey

Today JD Power announced that Verizon has won the 2013 U.S. Residential Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Study in the East, West and South regions. The press release indicated that overall customer satisfaction increased among Internet customers to 683 on a 1,000 point scale and more than one-third (38%) of customers have upgraded to premium speed service packages. The biggest factor for customer satisfaction is performance and reliability and within the past year customers that increased their speed recommended faster service to friends/family increasing upgrades to 23% up from 14% last year. Taking an average customers are spending $48 per month on premium speeds while customers on basic Internet are paying $43 per month. In addition to the Cable access Verizon Wireless is also leading the pack with over 500 markets launched with 4G LTE delivering the fastest wireless speeds for cell phones and data devices.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

FAA Being Advised to Allow Passengers Usage of Their Electronics


Last Thursday, an advisory committee (made up of 28 members), recommended that the FAA now allow airplane passengers usage to their electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. Although, some usage would still be limited to operating in airplane mode, things such as phone calls, web surfing and downloads would continue to be prohibited.

Passengers have always been required to turn off electronics due to possible interference with sensitive cockpit equipment, but new planes have been built with this is mind. An Amazon spokesman even states that they been doing some testing with the FAA that includes a plane full of active Kindles.

Of course, it's up to the FAA officials to make a final decision, but committee members, including Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) feel strongly about this one. Even going as far to say that if the FAA doesn't 'act swiftly' to implement the recommendations, she'll introduce legislation to force its hand. Adding, "I will know it if I see that they are stalling."